You might have already heard about the Sanskrit word Chakra that translates directly into” wheel”; and from the yoga perspective it makes reference to a wheel or disk of energy where matter and consciousness merge. This energy is also called Prana, a term that stands for vital force or cosmic force and according to Hinduism philosophy it is a vitality that impregnates everything, even inanimate objects. We all have seven principal chakras that begin at the base of our spine and proceed all the way up to the crown of our heads, but the one on which we will be dedicating our attention to in this article will be the first one: Muladhara.
Muladhara is found at the base of the spine, encompassing the first three vertebrates, the bladder and the colon and as expected the two Sanskrit words that compose it mean “root” and “support”. Being one of the three chakras of matter, this one embodies our sense of stability and safety in our lives. Basic survival needs such as water, food, shelter, and safety are intrinsically connected to this chakra. When this one is aligned we feel calm and secure despite whatever may be happening around us; if there is an imbalance or blockage in this chakra, however, we will be haunted by fear and mistrust even when external situations do not directly call for these feelings.
Some of the expressions of a Muladhara chakra that is imbalanced may be recurrent nightmares, thoughts of fear, or eating and anxiety disorders. Whereas physical symptoms might appear as bladder, colon, or intestine problems and lower back, leg, or feet discomfort or issues.
Five asanas or yoga postures that can aid you with unblocking and re-aligning this first chakra are:
Malasana or squatting pose
Janusirsasana or head to knee pose
Pavanamuktasana or knee to chest pose
Padmasana or lotus flexion
Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound Angle pose
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Meditation is definitely recommended for opening and bringing a chakra back to balance. In this case, by learning how to re-connect with your inner Self and the cosmic Self through the practice of quietness, stillness, and concentration you will gradually get closer to the undoubtable truth that affirms how real safety will always come from within and will never come from outside of The Self. The more you experience this unbreakable refuge and sanctuary that lies within you, by silently sitting alone in meditation position, the more this peaceful state of being will be able to accompany you throughout your daily life.